posted on Nov, 22 2012 @ 12:24 PM
This really isn't a "freedom of speech" issue, folks.
If she had been charged with a crime for doing this little stunt, *then* we could have a nice, long discussion about whether or not her First
Amendment right to free speech had been violated. Since she isn't facing criminal charges, the whole "freedom of speech" argument isn't
As far as her losing her job because of this stunt, that has nothing to do with her legal rights. It has to do with the consequences of her actions,
and with the fact that what an employee does reflects back on the company that employes them. I work for the State, and my job requires that I pass
regular background checks and carry a security clearance card with me at all times. If I get a DUI/DWI, I can be terminated. This doesn't mean that
my legal right to consume alcohol is being infringed (Yes, I am, indeed, over the age of 21. How far over? Far enough over that my birthday candles
can set off the smoke detector
), it simply means that if I do something that shows profound bad judgement, and reflects badly on my employer,
no matter how legal it might be, it can (and probably will) have negative consequences.
Her rights aren't being infringed in the slightest. She didn't lose her job because of what she said, or how loudly she said it, or where she said
it. She lost her job because she showed a lack of good judgement and maturity, and did something in a very public place that reflected badly on her